Presidio10K Race and Reception
The Presidio 10 Race and Reception was Sunday, April 13
Splash Swim 3-20-13
Human Resources staff at the Splash Fun Wellness lunchtime activity
Meaningful Mile Walk
Sunny Kaido and Patrick Sudlow, Wellness Committee members, lead the Meaningful Mile
Human Resources - Room 339, Lone Mountain Main
Human Resources - Room 339, Lone Mountain Main
Presidio 10 2014
USF Faculty and Staff at 2014's Presidio 10 Race

Tuition Remission

USF Employee Tuition Remission

As part of USF’s comprehensive benefits package, eligible faculty and staff and their families can further their education, enhance their skills and pursue career development through USF’s Tuition Remission program. 

Tuition Remission is a waiver of tuition and is available to employees and their eligible family members who qualify and are admitted for enrollment at USF.  Employees, spouses/Registered Domestic Partners (RDP)/Grandfathered Legally Domiciled Adults (GF LDA) and IRS-defined dependent children are eligible for 100% tuition remission when they meet the eligibility requirements (outlined below). The benefits apply to tuition only; all non-tuition expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student.

These courses are not eligible for tuition remission:

  • Online courses or programs
  • Non-matriculating courses
  • Audited courses

For more information regarding eligibility, please contact tuitionremission@usfca.edu or 415-422-2442.

Impacted Courses for 2013-2014

Certain courses are not eligible under the tuition remission benefit if deemed impacted (programs that are full). The list of impacted programs is posted in May of each year for the following academic year.

Current impacted programs include:

  • Law  (All programs)
  • MSFA (Master of Science Financial Analysis)
  • Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy (Main Campus)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Clinical Nurse Leader MEO)
  • Master of Science in Analytics
  • Master of Arts in Higher Education Student Affairs

Additionally, the Provost may require a Dean to limit the number of tuition remission students enrolled in a specific program. Employees covered by a CBA should refer to their agreement for specific exclusions and/or limitations.

 *Please note the only impacted program for full-time faculty and librarian members of USFFA is the full-time law program.

Academic Standard Requirements

Employees, spouses/RDP/GF LDA and dependent children must maintain the same academic standards required of other students to remain eligible for tuition remission. Employees and their dependents receiving tuition remission are considered students for all issues related to admissions, registration, add/drop refund policy, fee assessment, financial holds, program minimum requirements, and related matters.

Application Process

To initiate the Tuition Remission process a Tuition Remission Application is required for each semester in which the employee and/or dependent(s) would like to use the benefit.  In addition to the application, documentation is required for the spouse, RDP, LDA, or IRS tax dependent using the benefit.  For more information about dependent eligibility, please click here.

Semester

Filing Period

Final Date Accepted

Summer Semester

March 1-15

March 15

Fall Semester

June 1-15

June 15

Intersession & Spring Semesters

November 1-15

November 15

 **If these dates fall on a weekend or holiday, then the due date is the first business day following the stated due date.

Any employee thinking about enrolling or, who has not yet received acceptance in a program, should submit a Tuition Remission Application by the deadline, since applications will not be accepted after the due date. Please note that the person interested in taking courses must contact the Office of Admissions regarding how to apply for a program and/or how to enroll in classes.  Please also note: employees must submit a Tuition Remission Application for each semester they or eligible dependents will be using the tuition remission benefit.  Tuition Remission Applications will only be accepted during the filing period.

Enrollment in classes during regularly scheduled work hours is not permitted for members of:

  • University of San Francisco Faculty Association (USFFA)
  • University of San Francisco Public Safety Officers Association (PSOA)
  • Office and Professional Employees Union (OPE,) Local 3
  • International Union of Operating Engineers, Stationary Local 39
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 1877

With written permission from your supervisor and/or Dean/Vice President,enrollment in classes during regularly scheduled work hours may be permitted for:

  • Administrative staff
  • Association of Law Professors (ALP) Members
  • Executive officers

You must secure written permission from your supervisor and/or Dean/Vice President before submitting your application for a graduate degree program.

Who may use the Tuition Remission Benefit?

Please see below chart:

Eligibility Group

  • Administrative Staff
  • Association of Law Professors
  • Executive Officer
  • International Union of Operating Engineers, Stationary Local 39*
  • Office and Professional Employees, Local 3 *
  • Public Safety Officers Association *
  • Service Employee International Union, Local 1877 *

Employee Eligibility

  • Waiting Period

Eligible after one year of full-time service

  • Graduate Degree Programs

You must secure written permission from your supervisor and/or Dean/Vice President before enrolling in a graduate degree program

Spouse/RDP/GF LDA

  • Eligibility Waiting Period

Eligible after Employees completes one year of full-time service

  • Limitation of Degrees

One undergraduate degree program or one graduate degree program

  • Eligibility Intersession and/or Summer session

May enroll in course(s) during intersession and/or summer sessions without enrolling in a degree program

Dependent Child(ren)

  • Eligibility

Dependent of an employee, as defined by the IRS

  • Eligibility Waiting Period

Effective as of the Employee’s Date of Hire

  • Limitation of Degrees

Undergraduate degree program and/or Graduate degree program

  • Undergraduate Degree Program Time Allowance

Undergraduate degree programs must be completed within five years from the start of the program

  • Graduate Degree Program Time Allowance

Graduate degree programs must be completed in regular program time

  • Eligibility for Intersession and/or Summer session

May enroll in course(s) during intersession and/or summer sessions without enrolling in a degree program

*  Enrollment in classes during regularly scheduled work hours is not permitted

 

Eligibility Group

  • USFFA (Full-time Faculty)
  • USFFA (Librarians) Librarians may request to enroll in courses through the Librarian Career Prospectus (LCP) process

[Side Letter B].

USFFA Eligibility

  • Waiting Period

Eligible after one year of full-time service

  • Limitation of enrollment

May not enroll in classes during regularly scheduled work hours

  • Eligibility Graduate Degree Program

USFFA member must enroll in a degree program that is related to current position

A detailed written professional development plan must be signed by the USFFA Member, Dean & Provost

Spouse/RDP/GF LDA

  • Eligibility Waiting Period

Eligible after USFFA member completes one year of full-time service

  • Non-Degree Program Courses

May enroll in a course without enrolling in a degree program

  • Limitation of Degrees

One undergraduate degree program and one graduate degree program

  • Eligibility Intersession and/or Summer session

May enroll in course(s) during intersession and/or summer sessions without enrolling in a degree program

Dependent Child(ren)

  • Eligibility

Dependent of an USFFA member, as defined by the IRS

  • Eligibility Waiting Period

Effective as of the USFFA member’s Date of Hire

  • Limitation of Degrees

Undergraduate degree program and/or graduate degree program

In extenuating circumstances dependents can appeal to USFFA President and Provost for courses during the Fall/Spring Semester [Side Letter C])

  • Undergraduate Time Limitation for Completion of coursework

Undergraduate degree programs must be completed within five years from the start of the program

 

  • Graduate Time Limitation Completion of coursework

Graduate degree programs must be completed in regular program time

 

  • Eligibility for Intersession and/or Summer session

May enroll in course(s) during intersession and/or summer sessions without enrolling in a degree program

 

 

Eligibility Group

University of San Francisco Adjunct Faculty Association (Adjunct USFFA)

A member who has been placed in the Preferred Hiring Pool (PHP)

PT USFFA Eligibility

  • Waiting Period

Effective the date of classification as Adjunct Faculty in the Preferred Hiring Pool

  • Limitation of Enrollment

May not enroll in classes during regularly scheduled work hours

  • First Degree Program Eligibility

Within the first eight years of service, eligible for one undergraduate or one graduate degree program

  • Graduate Degree Programs

You must secure written permission from your supervisor and/or Dean/Vice President before enrolling in a graduate degree program

  • Second Degree Program Waiting Period

Eligible after eight years of service

Spouse/RDP/GF LDA

  • Eligibility Waiting Period

Effective the date of classification as Adjunct Faculty in the Preferred Hiring Pool

  • Limitation of First Degree

One undergraduate or one graduate degree

  • Second Degree Eligibility Waiting Period

Eligible after eight years of service

Dependent Child(ren)

  • Eligibility

Dependent of an employee, as defined by the IRS

  • Eligibility Waiting Period

Effective the date of classification as Adjunct Faculty in the Preferred Hiring Pool

  • Limitation of First Degree

One undergraduate and/or one graduate degree programs

  • Second Degree            Eligibility Waiting Period

Eligible after eight years of service

  • Undergraduate Degree Program Time Limit

Undergraduate degree programs must be completed within five years from the start of the program

  • Graduate Degree Program Time Limit

Graduate degree programs must be completed in regular program time *

You must secure written permission from your supervisor and/or Dean/Vice President before enrolling in a graduate degree program

CPS Legacy Adjunct Faculty – Please contact the Office of Human Resources for information.

 

Graduate Course Taxability and Applying for Tax Waiver (Employees Only)

Graduate coursework is considered a taxable benefit for Spouses/LDAs and/or IRS Tax Dependents. Employees taking graduate coursework may also be taxed unless the employee qualifies for a tax waiver based on IRS guidelines.

Employees taking graduate courses may also be taxed unless they qualify for the working condition fringe tax exclusion. Pursuant to Treasury Regulation Section 1.162-5(a)(1) graduate educational expenses of an employee (but not of a dependent, spouse, or LDA) may be eligible for exclusion from taxable income under Section 132(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a "Working Condition Fringe" if the education:

  1. Maintains or improves skills required by the individual in his employment or other trade or business, or
  2. Meets the express requirements of the individual's employer, or the requirements of applicable law or regulations, imposed as a condition to the retention by the individual of an established employment relationship, status, or rate of compensation.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, Treasury Regulation Section 1.162-5(b)(2) provides that expenditures for education are NOT excludable from taxable income under Section 132(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a Working Condition Fringe if the educational expenses:

  1. Are incurred to meet the minimum educational requirements for the individual’s current position; or
  2. Qualify the individual for a new trade or business.

If the employee believes that his/her position meets the criteria for the graduate tax waiver as listed above then the employee must request a memo from the employee’s supervisor/manager/dean that states how the employee’s position meets the above IRS criteria, and submit it to the Human Resources Tuition Administrator for review no later than 30 days before the first day of classes. The Office of Human Resources will determine if the employee requesting the graduate tax waiver meets the IRS criteria. Once reviewed, the Office of Human Resources will send a notice to the employee informing the employee of the determination. 

 

Tuition Remission Taxation

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the State of California Franchise Tax Board determine the taxability of certain tuition benefits received by an employee to include tuition benefits received by the employee, his/her dependent(s) or GF LDAs.  The taxation is based upon the student-to-employee relationship and the course level of the classes taken.  Under certain conditions, IRS does allow an exemption of $5,250 per year per employee (Section 127 of Internal Revenue Code.  Note: IRC Sec. 127 only applies to employees; it does not apply to spouses, dependents or LDAs [unless they are ALSO employees]).

Course Level

Student is Employee

Student is Spouse or  Dependent Child of Employee

Student is LDA

Undergraduate,

Graduate Research Analyst,

Certificate Programs and

non-Credit Classes

Below the Graduate Level

Not Taxable

Not Taxable

Federal - Taxable

 

State - Not Taxable

Graduate

Federal - Taxable

State - Taxable

Federal - Taxable

State - Taxable

Federal - Taxable

State - Taxable

Exemption Amount

$5,250 annually in calendar year (Jan-Dec).

0.00

0.00

Waiver Possible

Yes

No

No

Additional Notes for RDP/ GF LDA’s

1. If the LDA is a tax dependent of the employee the undergraduate tuition benefits are not taxable (for either California or federal income tax purposes);

2. If the RDP/LDA is not a tax dependent of the employee but is legally married to the employee (either under California law or another state's law that recognizes same sex marriage), the undergraduate tuition benefits are not taxable for California income tax purposes (but remain fully taxable for federal income tax purposes);

3. If the RDP is not a tax dependent of the employee, is not legally married to the employee, but is a Registered Domestic Partner of the employee, the undergraduate tuition benefits are not taxable for California income tax purposes (but remain fully taxable for federal income tax purposes);

4. If the LDA is not a tax dependent of the employee, is not legally married to the employee, is not a Registered Domestic Partner of the employee, the undergraduate tuition benefits are taxable for both California and federal income tax purposes.

In accordance with applicable federal and state tax laws, USF will withhold taxes from the employee's gross wages according to the following schedule.  The total taxable tuition remission benefit amount will be divided by the number of months listed below.  The IRC Sec. 127 $5,250 qualified exemption (if applicable) will be applied during the first tuition application terms in the year until the entire $5,250 exemption is exhausted.  Adding and/or dropping a course will be integrated into the billing cycle(s) on a monthly basis and is contingent upon timely completion of necessary paperwork. If the paperwork is not received in the appropriate department (Academic Enrollment Services or Office of Human Resources) in a timely fashion, the amount of the tuition benefit will be taxed over a shorter period of time thereby increasing the tax withholding amounts and decreasing the employee's net pay.  Any and all adjustments will be made in a payroll period dedicated to adjustments (as detailed on chart below).

Term

#Months

Month1

Month2

Month3

Adjustments

Intersession

1

Jan

N/A

N/A

 

Spring

3

Feb

Mar

April

May

Summer

3

June

July

Aug

Sept

Fall

3

Oct

Nov

Dec

Dec

After the census date each term, and based upon the enrollment on that date, the Payroll Office will send an email to the employee outlining the tax impact for the pertinent payroll integration period.  Employees who do not receive this email, but who expect to be taxed are responsible for notifying the Payroll Office that they should be taxed. Tax periods cannot be extended past the term noted on the above table for any reason.

If an employee's gross pay is not sufficient to cover the tax liability, he/she will be required to pay the taxes owed prior to the first day of classes; otherwise, the student receiving these tuition remission benefits will be administratively withdrawn. 

If an employee terminates employment within a taxing period, he/she will be required to pay the taxes owed or disenroll from classes prior to the termination date.

Questions related to the taxable remission amounts should be directed to Payroll Office at x2837.

 

Tuition Remission Taxation Examples

Case 1:    Sally is a System Analyst working in the Information Technology Services (ITS) Department.  She takes 12 credit hours of undergraduate course work in the Fall Term.  She applies for and is approved to receive the Tuition Benefit. The tuition benefit received is $12,000.  Since the course work is undergraduate, Sally is not taxed.

Case 2:  Sam is a Public Safety Officer working in the Public Safety Department.  He takes 15 credit hours of graduate course work in Spring Term, which is completely unrelated to his job (and therefore non-eligible for the tax waiver treatment described above).  The tuition benefit received is $15,000.  This is the first tuition benefit received in the calendar year. The amount of taxable benefit is $9,750 ($15,000 less $5,250).   In February, March, April and May, Sam's gross taxable income will be increased by $2,438 per month.  Sam is in the 35% marginal tax bracket.  Therefore, Sam's overall net pay will be reduced by $853.30 per month.

Case 3:   John is Sally's youngest son (from Case 1).  John is taking undergraduate level classes for $5,000.  This benefit is not taxable.  In contrast, Sally's oldest son Tom is taking $12,000 of graduate level classes in Fall.  This $12,000 is fully taxable to Sally. Sally is in the 22% tax bracket. Therefore, Sally's gross taxable income will be increased by $4,000 per month in October, November, and December, and net pay will be reduced by $880.00 per month.

Case 4:  Michael is an Adjunct Faculty member and is currently not teaching in Summer Term. Michael can use the Tuition Remission Benefit, but he does not have a gross wage from a current assignment. His son takes 3 credit hours of graduate work (taxable) and the tuition benefit received is $2,600. Michael must pay the tax directly at the yearly taxation rate, approximated at 42%. Michael must pay $1,092 directly to Payroll Services before the first day of classes.

 

Taxation Integration Calendars

Download Tuition Remission Taxation Calendar 2011

Download Tuition Remission Taxation Calendar 2012

Download Tuition Remission Taxation Calendar 2013